Ok, I thought Mes looked really good with Chapman. Chapman was all over the place and Mes didn't let anything get away from him, in the dirt outside, in the hitters eyes inside, everywhere. Their was a dribbler up the third base line that went foul and Mes was halfway up the line like a big cat...A catcher whose knees still work! Imagine that!
Chapman had a 1-2 count on a lefty to end the game and Mes called for the slider, but the Missile shook him off and threw a fastball low and inside for a ball. I personally thought the slider was the better call, but who knows if that was Mes or sent in from the bench.
The Missile is another matter. I've been saying it since the beginning of spring training, but after watching him I'm even more convinced. I think keeping him in the bullpen is a mistake. He needs to repeat his delivery as many times as he can to get his location down. He needs to build stamina as well if he's ever to be a starter. Plus, as a AAA starter he can work on his change-up...he can't do that in real game situations on the big league team. Every game counts. Anyway, that's the last time I'll harp on it. I'm just afraid they're keeping him up because he's such a gate draw and that's the worst reason I can think of.
I still love watching him and the whole team...Reds win 5-1